List of Figures. List of Tables. List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. n1. Approaching Transnationalisms; B.S.A. Yeoh, K.P.Y. Lai, M.W. Charney, Tong Chee Kiong. nPart I: Constructing Transnational Societies. n2. Transnationalism and Citizenship; M.P.Smith. 3. The Role of New Arrivals in Hong Kong's Economic Imaginary: Restructuring Migration Policies in the Context of Global Competition for Highly Skilled Workers; A. Smart. 4. Ethnic Entrepreneurship, Social Networks, and the Enclave; J. Salaff, A. Greve, Wong Siu-Lun, L. Xu Li Ping. 5. Change Management and Consultants: New Challenges for Small Entrepreneurs in Singapore; L. Kay, T. Menkhoff. nPart II: Multicultural Contacts. n6. Recognizing Cultural Diversity and Renegotiating Civic Citizenship: Australia as an Immigrant Society at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century; H.D. Min-hsi Chan. 7. School of the Nation: Memory and National Identity in France; R.L. Derderian. 8. Multicultural Society and Intercultural Education: Debates in the Federal Republic of Germany; K.F. Geiger. 9. Housing Ethnicity: Multicultural Negotiation and Housing the Transnational Student; R. Fincher, L. Costello. 10. The Floating Body and the Disappearing Border: Contemporary Chinese Poetry in Exile; Dian Li.nPart III: Imaginings Of Home And Community. n11. Haitian Immigrants in the United States: the Imagining of Where 'Home' is in Their Transnational Social Fields; G. Fouron. 12. Essentializing Chinese Identity: Transnationalism and the Chinese in Europe and Southeast Asia; G. Benton, E.T. Gomez. 13. Architects of a Discourse: Scholars, Migrantsand the Notion of Home in Vietnam; A. Hardy. 14. A Tale of Two Communities: Bangladeshis in Singapore; H. Haque Khondker. nReferences. Index.
The term 'transnationalism' has gained considerable academic and popular currency despite a lack of clear definitions, in part because its overall form changes as its influence incorporates additional spheres of daily life on a variety of scales and contexts.
The purpose of this volume is to bring together different perspectives on this phenomenon, using case studies that represent some of the most current thinking on 'transnationalism' in a wide range of disciplines. Central themes which this book explores include legal and economic reactions to transnational migration; the (re)negotiation of identities in the context of changing national, social and cultural identities; and the emergence of new imaginings of home and social space in transnational communities. Approaching Transnationalisms: Studies on Transnational Societies, Multicultural Contacts and Imaginings of Home foregrounds powerful transnational forces crossing the boundaries of nation-states, and at the same time, gives attention to the continued significance of the nation-state and the diversity of localized reactions to transnational challenges.